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UBCO has new dean to lead arts and sciences faculty

Prof. Wisdom Tettey, Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.
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KELOWNA - UBCO searched the world over and has named their next dean to oversee the university's largest faculty from one of their own.

Prof. Wisdom Tetty, is an internationally acclaimed scholar with extensive leadership experience according to a UBC media release and he begins his five-year term as dean of the Ivring K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences July 1, 2015. Approval by the UBC's board of governors came this week.

Tettey has served as Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies on the Okanagan campus since joining UBC in July 2011.

Before UBC Okanagan, Tettey was interem dean of the University of Calgary's Faculty of Communication and Culture. After two years he was appointed Associate Dean-designate for Interdisciplinary in the Faculty of Arts.

Tettey holds a bachelor's degree in political science and in Russian, and a graduate diploma in communication studies from the University of Ghana. He also has a master's degree in political science from UBC, and a PhD in political science from Queen's University. Tettey was a Killam Resident Fellow at the University of Calgary and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development.

Tettey's research covers a wide range of disciplines. His areas of expertise include:

-  mass media, political communication, and civic engagement in Africa
-  the African diaspora and transnational citizenship
-  information/communication technologies and the political economy of globalization
-  international and intercultural communication

In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to intellectual life in Ghana and the global academic community, Tettey was named a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences has more than 4,000 students enrolled in discipline-based and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The faculty was established in 2005 through an endowment from the late Irving Barber, who provided the resources necessary to enrich the learning experiences of arts and science students through innovative teaching methods, experiential learning opportunities, and outstanding learning resources.

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